MANILA, Philippines- Typhoon “Quedan” has slightly intensified and accelerated while moving northwest over the Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Saturday.

Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 6 a.m. Saturday, the eye of typhoon Quedan was located at 640 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.3°N, 128.0°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

However, despite slightly intensifying, Quedan continued to have no direct effect to any part of the country since it remains too far from any Philippine landmass.

He said Quedan, forecast to move northwest at 13 kph if continues its present movement and speed, will just hover off the Pacific Ocean until it exits Saturday afternoon or evening headed towards southern Japan.

For Saturday forecast, Aurelio said Palawan, Western Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains because of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

Most of the country, including Metro Manila, he added will continue to have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with typhoon Quedan is expected to affect the northern and eastern seaboards of northern Luzon.

“Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. (PNA)